Making the decision to travel full-time as a family was probably the most exciting (and life changing) decision we’ve made since deciding to start having babies. We packed up our house, put everything we owned inside a storage shed and took our three kiddos to explore the world. But before we got on that first flight bound for London, there were some logistics that were really hard to wrap my head around. Probably the biggest being, how I was going to condense my big office (that I absolutely adore) to fitting inside a backpack. I can’t even tell you how much time was spent trying to figure out how this was ever going to work. I searched on the girl boss’s version of Google (Pinterest of course) but with no help. That’s why I wanted to blog about this, maybe someone else out there is trying to figure out how to become truly virtual too. My plan was to work while we traveled, so I needed all of my essentials. It’s funny because I had always thought of myself as “virtual” since I do work from home but I quickly realized that I only seemed to know how to work from my big pink chair. I needed to learn a whole new skill. I needed to learn how to work from anywhere in the world. From London to Hong Kong, Tokyo to Bali… All places we’ve been in the past year. I had no idea how this was going to work! So the challenge was to fit my office into a backpack. I needed to get down to the absolute necessities. I’ll admit there were some moments where trying to convince myself that gold staples and pretty Kate Spade trinket dishes were not crucial, it wasn’t easy! What can I say, I’ve always been a sucker for the details. Knowing this change was coming, I worked my way down from dual monitors to one monitor to finally a laptop. I purchased a portable storage drive from Costco and got everything that I was going to need, stored on the drive with a backup in the cloud and a backup in Dropbox. It was important to have a portable hard drive that did not rely on internet connection to get what I needed because I knew there were times I might have zero access for days. Today I thought it would be fun to show you what made the list, and after months of traveling what has become my absolute must-haves. This is it! This is my must have list. The only thing not pictured is a universal adapter for my laptop charger by Twelve South. I got mine from The Apple Store and love it because it gives me one extra USB port, and let me tell you – that extra port becomes incredibly valuable when you have as many devices as we do and you’re looking at an outlet that is not a match to all your charging prongs. I also knew I would need a mouse! Most wouldn’t need it but I’m special (and not in a good way in this instance). Even after months of working on my laptop now, I’m still slow with the trackpad. With a mouse comes the need for a pad, so my weekly schedule notepad doubles as a mousepad. So in the backpack, I have one medium size zipper pouch that holds my portable hard drive, mouse, small notebooks, pens, earbuds, and thumb drive. Then I have a larger journal for sketching out ideas and thoughts, my schedule pad that does double duty as a mousepad, and a little coin purse for money, transportation cards, and Starbucks gift cards (my typical workplace when I need a quite space. Well, quieter than being surrounded by the family in our latest AirBnB. And then, of course, I have my cell phone. We are now back in the US after traveling for almost eight months out of the country. And while I am excited to have my office back someday, I never want to loose this availably to truly be virtual.
This month’s set of free desktop organizers is ready for you! I’m excited about these designs, of course we had to encompass a little of the love we’re feeling this month! You’ll have 3 desktop screensaver and if you need help with training on how to use them, you’ll find that in your download email too! Remember, we create new designs every month along with offering tips, tricks, and strategies for growing your business. My goal is to help you stay inspired and empowered as you build your own business bliss.
What makes a great workspace? There are plenty of things we could suggest like have a well played out office, organization, functionality… And those all mater, but the best work space is the one that inspires you! So when designing your office, find what you love. Aim to create a space the elevates your productivity and makes you smile every time you walk through the door. We can’t imagine how you couldn’t smile walking into any of the three gorgeous workspaces we’ve rounded up for you. We’re sure they’ll inspire. Our first workspace is home to Taylor Sterling from The Glitter Guide. This space from Mara at M Loves M makes my heart pitter patter. Next up… Who wouldn’t want to shop at Sugar Paper in California, when the store looks like this? I could spend the whole afternoon parroting their gorgeous stationaries. And finally, Kim Lee Pham of Morning Lavender has impeccable taste (I’m sure you’ll agree) and her office is no exception. How fabulous are those blush chairs?!
We’ve loved everything that WOM has done for years now! And the Waiting on Martha team office is no exception, it’s definitely left us drooling! (Click the link above to see the full WOM reveal.) Our next swoon worthy office comes to us via the land down under. This gorgeous space is the home office of Kyree of Miss Kyree Loves. You can see her full reveal HERE. Our final workspace for this addition of #officeswoon is from the French blog O Mundo de Jess. I love all the neutrals with the touch of black and white stripes, because seriously… Can you ever go wrong with a classic stripe? We don’t think so!
I’ve been so inspired by all the holiday home tours! Today I’m really excited to share my own little holiday tour, so I’m going to share my office with you. I hope you enjoy!! From the day I hung my faux deer, I imagined just how festive he would look for Christmas. Now I’ll admit that these were not the exact felt balls that I wanted, but since I waited to long to order the ones I did want, these will have to do until next year. I update the snacks in the cart often… if I’m being honest – it’s mostly cause I eat them to much! But for Christmas, it was extra fun to switch out the straws and napkins and fill my candy bowl with Lindt Peppermint Chocolates. The shelves got a little touch of fun by replacing my cake stand finds with a little winter wonderland vignette. The desk instantly looked more festive with my my sweet friend Val’s (of Lily&Val) Free Desktop Wallpaper (you can get it HERE). I also changed out my revolving print…this one changes every season (sometimes more), but for now it’s a pink Santa Claus! And of course, I love sending snail mail, so I have to have some festive stationary for the season! The hot chocolate! I am obsessed with cocoa. Being someone who doesn’t drink coffee, I have to find other things to fill my mugs and honestly… what could be better than hot chocolate? Oh wait! I know! It’s hot chocolate with peppermint in my favorite Anthro Mug and an Anthro mini gingerbread house to boot! I hope you’ve enjoyed my little office holiday tour (to see my full regular office click here)! As always, if you have any questions about anything you see, just leave a comment and I’ll let you know! xoxo!
When you think of fall, what color comes to mind? Orange, of course!! The color orange represents good fortune and prosperity. What better place than in the office to add it! From soft melons and corals to vibrant pumpkin, orange can be used a little or a lot to make a big impact! Today, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite orange office inspiration spark your creative juices.
What do you think? Would you add orange to your home?
Guest Blogger: Laura Platt of bright and beautiful
Today I’ve rounded up a collection of gold office accessories for a chic workspace. If you’re as smitten with all things gold as I am, a few shiny touches are an easy way to dress up a desk. Whether it’s traditional office supplies like scissors, paper clips, and staplers, or décor items like trays, candles, and lamps, I love the golden look. Surely I’m not the only one!
Which items are your favorite? I’d love to hear how you personalize your workspace! Do you have any favorite stores or sites for office decor and supplies? I can always count on Amazon, West Elm, The Container Store and Crate + Barrel.
Items as seen above: tape dispenser(also available here) || stapler || paper clips || mug || striped notebook || cards || clipboard || starburst || embosser || scissors || ‘Hustle’ print || tray(less expensive version) || lamp || candle || iPhone case ||
Laura Platt is the girl behind bright and beautiful, a lifestyle blog dedicated to fashion, beauty and home décor. Currently living in Chicago, Laura writes her blog as a fun and creative outlet to share everyday musings – all inspired by her feminine and classic sense of style. She has been featured by Refinery29, The Everygirl, Glitter Guide, West Elm, Yahoo! Shine, and has collaborated with brands like Williams-Sonoma, Lilly Pulitzer and Veuve Clicquot. Aside from the blogging world, Laura’s professional background is in public relations. In her spare time, Laura enjoys exploring the city, spending time outdoors near the water, listening to good music, enjoying a glass of vino, and traveling whenever possible.